Hobart Cavanaugh
Hobart Cavanaugh in I Cover the Waterfront.jpg
in the film I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
Born(1886-09-22)September 22, 1886
DiedApril 26, 1950(1950-04-26) (aged 63)
Years active1928–1950
Spouse(s)Florence Cavanaugh; 1 child

Hobart Cavanaugh (September 22, 1886 – April 26, 1950[1]) was an American character actor in films and on stage.


He was born in Virginia City, Nevada on September 22, 1886. Cavanaugh attended the University of California.[1]

He worked in vaudeville, teaming with Walter Catlett at some point.[1] He appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including the original 1919 musical Irene and the long-running 1948 musical As the Girls Go.[2]

He made his film debut in San Francisco Nights (1928). Over the next few years he established himself as a supporting actor, and although many of his roles were small and received no film credit, he played more substantial roles in films such as I Cover the Waterfront (1933) and Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933). By the mid-1930s, he was appearing in more prestigious productions, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Captain Blood (1935), Wife vs. Secretary (1936) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). He continued playing small, often comical roles until the end of his life, mostly as downtrodden or henpecked little men. By the end of his life, he had appeared in more than 180 films.

Cavanaugh suffered from late-stage stomach cancer while filming Stella (1950). He couldn't eat and collapsed twice on the set but was determined to see his final performance through.[3] He died following an operation at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[1][4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c d "Hobart Cavanaugh, Noted Film, Stage Actor, Dead at 63". Miami Daily News-Record. Associated Press. April 26, 1950 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ Hobart Cavanaugh at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ "Jimmy Fidler in Hollywood". Valley Morning Star. May 5, 1950 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "H. Cavanaugh Dies. Veteran Actor, 63. Stage and Screen Player for Many Years Often Filled 'Milquetoast' Roles". New York Times. April 27, 1950. Retrieved 2014-12-07. Hobart Cavanaugh, stage and screen character actor, died late last night at the hospital of the Motion Picture Country Home here. His age was 63. With him at the time were his wife, the former Florence Heston, and a daughter, Patricia. ...